The Islamabad High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the federation after former religious affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi filed his post-arrest bail application.
Defence counsel Chaudhry Mushtaq filed the application challenging the April 14 decision of Special Court FIA Rawalpindi wherein Kazmi’s bail application for bail was dismissed. The defence lawyer contended that his client has been in jail for the last one month while the FIA has failed to prove any evidence against him.
He informed the court that according to the inquiry of the National Assembly review committee, former director general Hajj Rao Shakeel was held responsible for being involved in the Hajj scam and Kazmi was wrongly implicated in this case.
Mushtaq requested the court to grant Kazmi post arrest-bail while Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi directed the FIA and the federation to submit their replies.
A trial court on Wednesday extended Kazmi’s judicial remand by eight days and directed the FIA to produce him before the court on May 5.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2011.
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